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If you’re big starbound, let me warn you it’s a long, hard ride

Some people can’t carry a tune, so we just stick with singing along to the radio in private. Some people still can’t suppress the urge to channel their creativity, so we pour out our thoughts onto paper instead. Some people want to have a household name, and some people want to change the world, but […]

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Legislative Update: March 28, 2015

By District 20 Rep. Chris Brown We passed a variety of bills this week in advance of the approaching final deadlines of the 2015 legislative session. Most of the bills were before the House for concurrence or non-concurrence. If the House voted to concur or agree with Senate amendments, the bill was sent directly to […]

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Rewind, record and replay; it’s all priceless to hang onto for awhile

The pop of spring weeds and short sleeves make all those snowflakes seem like a distant memory even though we’ll never forget upwards of 10 inches, depending on what part of the county you live. The older we get, building snowmen with the kids and seeing all those snowball fights will stick with us, but […]

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Enough of this wet woeful winter

My house is sweating. A few months ago, we moved into my great-grandmother’s old house, which is what I hear people refer to as a block house. I think of it more as a rock house in that it’s made of concrete and often feels like a damp cave. There are plaster walls that you […]

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Twenty years and still kicking butts: Youth in Monroe County participate

Helen Boerner/Director of Mississippi Tobacco-Free Coalition of Monroe and Itawamba counties. Mississippi youth in Monroe County will join youth from other states, and even countries all across the world on March 18 to voice their opposition to big tobacco companies during 2015 Kick Butts Day. Kick Butts Day is a national day for activism when […]

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Fallacy: Legalizing marijuana will raise money for schools

Now, the latest tactic for raising money for schools in Mississippi is legalizing marijuana. Does that sound familiar? Seems we heard all this back in late 1989 when people were trying to legalize gambling and casinos. It would raise funds for education and end the woes of not having any money. It was legalized in […]

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Plenty of hats off to the ones in the helmets and with the salt

If there has been one top news story for 2015 so far that won’t go away, it’s been winter. Sure, it comes every year, but what impact it makes is as uncertain as active hurricane seasons or bumper crops of corn. We southerners have watched for weeks as Boston and the rest of New England […]

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Legislative Update: March, 4 2015

This week, we faced Wednesday’s deadline for original floor action on Appropriation and Revenue bills originating in the House, and Thursday’s deadline of reconsideration on Appropriation and Revenue bills originating in the House. House members also began addressing Senate bills toward the end of the week. Several bills passed from the Ways and Means Committee […]

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Schools in need of an All-Work-No-Players Cure

A couple of weeks ago I went to East Amory Elementary to take a picture of some students planting a tree. The weather was actually nice and the kids were joking around with one another which took me back to my days at EAES. Back then, there were no walls separating the rooms. Instead, the […]

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